Tanya
Talaga

Awards

2017 Finalist

Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction

for Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City

Jury Citation

“In Seven Fallen Feathers, Tanya Talaga delves into the lives of seven Indigenous students who died while attending high school in Thunder Bay over the first 11 years of this century. With a narrative voice encompassing lyrical creation myth, razor-sharp reporting, and a searing critique of Canada’s ongoing colonial legacy, Talaga binds these tragedies –and the ambivalent response from police and government – into a compelling tapestry. This vivid, wrenching book shatters the air of abstraction that so often permeates news of the injustices Indigenous communities face every day. It is impossible to read Seven Fallen Feathers and not care about the lives lost, the families thrust into purgatory, while the rest of society looks away.” – 2017 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction Jury (Susan Harada, Arno Kopecky, and Siobhan Roberts)

2017 Winner

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

for Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City

Jury Citation

“Tanya Talaga’s powerful book is a hard-hitting story of the realities of Canadian racism, complicity, and Indigenous suffering. It is also a testament to the resilience of the Anishinaabe families who endure the crushing impacts of historic and contemporary injustices. In spare prose and a direct voice, Talaga documents the tragedies of the lost lives of Indigenous youth while creating a compelling narrative that educates the reader on the sad history of Indigenous-White relations. This book is a crucial document of our times, and vital to the emergence of a true vision of justice in Canada.” – 2017 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Jury (Taiaiake Alfred, Joseph Heath, and Kady O’Malley)